Cinema Tropical’s List of Best Latin American and U.S. Latinx Films of 2022

As an Afro-Colombiana, I’m always proud to showcase the creative voices in my community. I’m especially proud to highlight filmmakers because it is often filmmaker who shape the narrative informing the collective consciousness about who Latinos are. It’s vital that story about us be told in our own words and through our own lens.

The Cinema Tropical Awards were created in 2010 to honor excellence in Latin American filmmaking, and it became the first international award entirely dedicated to honoring the artistry of recent Latin American cinema.

Cinema Tropical has brought U.S. audiences some of the first screening of films such as Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También.

It gives me great joy to bring to you Cinema Tropical’s List of Best Latin American and U.S. Latinx Films of 2022. This list features productions from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States, and Venezuela.

Cinema Tropical’s List of Best Films of 2022:

(Listed alphabetically by title)

1. About Everything There Is to Know / De todas las cosas que se han de saber by Sofía Velázquez, Peru

2. Alis by Nicolas Van Hemelryck and Clare Weiskopf, Colombia/Chile/Romania

3. Amparo by Simón Mesa Soto, Colombia/Sweden/Qatar

4. The Box / La caja by Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico/USA

5. Clara Sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, Costa Rica/Sweden/Belgium/Germany/France

6. Comala by Gian Cassini, Mexico

7. The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future / La vaca que cantó una canción hacia el futuro by Francisca Alegría, Chile/France

8. Dos Estaciones by Juan Pablo González, Mexico

9. Dry Ground Burning / Mato Seco em Chamas by Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós, Brazil

10. Eami by Paz Encina, Paraguay/Germany/Argentina/Netherlands/ France/USA

11. El Gran Movimiento by Kiro Russo, Bolivia/France/Qatar/Switzerland

12. For Your Peace of Mind, Make Your Own Museum / Para su tranquilidad, haga su propio museo by Ana Endara Mislov and Pilar Moreno, Panama

13. Jesús López by Maximiliano Schonfeld, Argentina/France

14. A Little Love Package by Gastón Solnicki, Argentina/Austria

15. Mariner of the Mountains / Marinheiro das Montanhas by Karim Aïnouz, Brazil/France

16. Mars One / Marte Um by Gabriel Martins, Brazil

17. Me & the Beasts / Yo y las bestias by Nico Manzano, Venezuela

18. Medusa by Anita Rocha da Silveira, Brazil

19. The Middle Ages / La edad media by Alejo Moguillansky and Luciana Acuña, Argentina

20. My Brothers Dream Awake / Mis hermanos sueñan despiertos by Claudia Huaiquimilla, Chile

21. Prayers for the Stolen / Noche de fuego by Tatiana Huezo, Mexico/Germany/Brazil/Qatar

22. Robe of Gems / Manto de gemas by Natalia López Gallardo, Mexico/Argentina

23. The Silence of The Mole / El silencio del topo by Anaïs Taracena, Guatemala

24. Three Tidy Tigers Tied a Tie Tighter / Três Tigres Tristes by Gustavo Vinagre, Brazil

25. Utama by Alejandro Loayza Grisi, Bolivia/Uruguay/France

Cinema Tropical, the non-profit media arts organization that is leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the United States, is proud to announce its annual list of Best Latin American Films of the Year, comprised of 25 Latin American titles from twelve different countries, plus five U.S. Latinx productions—all of them by female directors—that the New York-based organization has selected as the best of the year.

Throughout the coming weeks, I’ll be posting reviews of many of these films. Be sure to subscribe to be notified when the reviews are live. If you happen to catch one before me, let me know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @dgspeaks.